LA SECONDE LIFE

A story behind a YouTube channel that explores how it is to be an immigrant in Canada.

Diego, left, and Joanna in the screen of their computer at their place in Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.

After almost three years living in Montreal as immigrants, Johana and Diego decided to start a YouTube channel to share with people of the Spanish speaking countries their experience.

They named it La seconde life, that includes the three languages they daily use in Montreal. They produce one video per week and talk about everything. On their videos, they answer questions about the city and the culture. Once, they were asked how is the process to rent a place for living, so they did a long walk and explained it… Here’s what they say.

Diego, left, and Joanna shooting a video for their YouTube channel in Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.
Diego, left, and Joanna shooting a video about rent a pace in Montreal, they explored the Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.

If you are wandering what is that little cube that Diego holds in his hand all the time, it is the camera that he uses to be discreet on the street.

Diego Vivas holds the video camera before starts shooting a video for the YouTube channel La Seconde Life at Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.

Although it is light, “can you imagine how is to stay with the arm up for a long time?”, says Diego. Is not easy to be a cameraman.


Diego Vivas gets some rest during the shooting at Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que. Diego is the cameraman for the youtube channel that he produces with his wife.

But this is teamwork. Johana and Diego have been married for six years. They complement their professionals interests. Johana is a journalist and Diego is a visual artist, so with La Seconde Life project both are practicing their expertise.

This couple spends around 15 hours each week producing the content for their YouTube channel and managing social networks related to it.

Johana Acevedo, on the left and Diego Vivas, on the right, get some rest after shooting a video for their youtube channel at Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.

Why? Lets listen to their reasons:


Diego Vivas, left and Johana Acevedo, check the material for the new video that they produce for their youtube channel at their place in Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.

After the shooting, of course comes the editing process. They check the material together and decid how they want the video.

Johana checks the story arc and how they will share the video with their social networks. They select the music and sound effects.

Then, Diego stars the editing process. “He is perfectionist and spends many hours in front of the computer,” says Johana.

Diego Vivas edits a video for the youtube channel La Seconde Life at his place at Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que.

Now they have around 200 followers in YouTube and want to achieve more. They hope to help people that are starting a seconde life in Canada!

Johana Acevedo, on the left and Diego Vivas, on the right, were happy after finish the soothing about the different apartments in Montreal for their Youtube Channel at Côte-des-Neiges area in Montreal, Que

Here is the final video that Johana and Diego produced about renting a place to live in Montreal. (Spanish version)